The Games for Change Student Challenge is a game design competition that invites middle and high school students to create digital games about real-world issues impacting their communities. The best games are celebrated at an awards ceremony and public arcade of student games in each Challenge city. Prizes include internships, career development opportunities, and mentorships. In each city, 20-30 select educators receives training to run game design courses, and mentorships is provided to student by professional game designers.
2016-17 sponsors include the National Endowment for the Humanities, Best Buy Foundation, and The New York Community Trust. Partners include Institute of Play, Museum of the Moving Image, Mouse, the Sprout Fund, and Big Thought. The Challenge themes are supported by NEH, NOAA, and Current, powered by GE. The 2015 NYC Challenge was hosted in collaboration with the New York City Department of Education, Globaloria, Institute of Play and the Museum of the Moving Image with support from Unity and Susan Crown Exchange. Theme partners were: The New York Times (Civic Journalism theme), XPRIZE Foundation (Literacy), A Kinder World Foundation (Animal Welfare) and the NYC Mayor’s Office (Smart Cities).